ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailMenu BurgerPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon SearchSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Companies

US widens air bag probe to 12.3m vehicles

Toyota, Honda and Hyundai are among six automakers targeted by investigators

This undated combination of photos shows clockwise from top left the logos for Toyota, Honda, Kia, Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi and Hyundai.   © AP

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- U.S. auto safety regulators said Wednesday they expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles, including those of three Japanese automakers.

Vehicles made by Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. from the 2010 through 2019 model years are now part of the probe, along with those from Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and FCA US LLC.

The expanded investigation came after regulators found two recent crashes involving Toyota Corollas, in which the air bags did not inflate and one person was killed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

NHTSA said air bag control units made by U.S. auto supplier ZF-TRW can fail in a crash, possibly because of unwanted electrical signals produced by the crash itself that can disable the air bag control circuit equipped in the passenger compartment.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Get Unlimited access

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends June 30th

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media